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An aerial view of a large ridge of drift algae in the Indian River Lagoon from April 2021. Photo: Mitch Roffer By Aaron Adams, Ph.D., BTT Director of Science and Conservation Last month I shared my dismay at seeing the poor state of Charlotte Harbor when I towed my skiff over there for work and […]

Canals in SW Florida during restoration. These canals are home to juvenile tarpon and snook. Photo: SWFWMD Part 1: Juvenile Habitat Restoration Habitat restoration is often defined as repairing damage to habitats, usually damage caused by humans. The goal is to bring back natural ecological function to the habitats for the benefit of the species that […]

We are thrilled to unveil the eagerly awaited Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Florida license plate, featuring the art of Derek DeYoung! Orders for plates are being accepted now and will be produced as soon as we have sold 3,000 vouchers at a cost of $33 each ($25 will directly benefit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust). If you […]

Originally postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19, the 7th International Symposium will take place November 12-13, 2021, at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, FL. This notice serves as the first call for abstracts for science presentations. Please share this email with colleagues who may be interested in participating. The overall goal of BTT Symposia […]

Capt. Bob Branham poles across a flat in Biscayne Bay. Photo: Carlton Ward Captain Bob Branham and the late Captain Bill Curtis will be inducted April 22 into the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Circle of Honor, which recognizes legendary anglers, fishing guides and conservation leaders who have made significant contributions to the conservation of the […]

What used to be an expansive seagrass flat that is now a mix of open sand and thick algae. By Aaron Adams, Ph.D., BTT Director of Science and Conservation The cancer of too many nutrients is spreading throughout Charlotte Harbor. This does not bode well for the long-term future of its legendary fisheries. I lived […]

Photo: Dr. Jiangang Luo The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted today to establish a four-month no fishing closure at Western Dry Rocks, the most important permit spawning site in the Lower Keys. Conservation organizations celebrated the vote, which capped a year-long effort to protect spawning fish that aggregate at the site. “We […]

Shallow flats of Corozal Bay, Belize. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Belize-Mexico Initiative seeks to identify and address threats to the region’s flats fishery. To this end, Belize-Mexico Initiative Coordinator Dr. Addiel Perez, began collaborating in 2021 with colleagues from El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in Mexico, and the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD) […]

Voice your support for a four-month closure at Western Dry Rocks. The future of the Keys permit fishery depends on it. In recent weeks, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hosted three virtual workshops to gather public comment on the proposed four-month no fishing closure at Western Dry Rocks, the most important permit […]

photo: Justin Lewis Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) offshore oil exploration, which began in December 2020, poses a greater threat to the US coastline than previously suggested by the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment. “Our conclusion is that drilling in the location southeast of Cay Sal Bank on Cooper Block is dangerous for producing oil pollution for […]